To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Job Support Scheme on youth employment.
13 October 2020
In line with the Public Sector Equality Duty, the Government undertook an Equalities Impact Assessment of the Job Support Scheme which included an examination of the impacts on all protected characteristics, including age.
The Job Support Scheme (JSS) is designed to support businesses that are facing lower demand due to COVID-19 to keep their employees in work and attached to the workforce. The JSS is also targeted at businesses who most need it; all SMEs are automatically eligible, and large companies are eligible if they have experienced a decline in revenue.
Where firms make the decision that they cannot retain all of their staff over the longer run, the Government is ensuring that those looking for work are supported. A package of measures in the Plan for Jobs will help people find work by significantly increasing help offered through Jobcentres and providing individualised advice through the National Careers Service. The Government has also launched the Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people.